Today we head down under to the far-flung shores of New Zealand (unless you’re reading in Oz or NZ, in which case it’s a bit closer for you!) to explore a brand that comes with some pretty heavyweight green credentials.
Living Nature was established 25 years ago and they’ve made good use of their time. They’re BDIH certified as ‘natural’, which is not an easy thing to achieve:
“German-based BDIH set some of the most rigorous standards worldwide for naturalness. They extend far beyond the ingredients, taking into account the environmental impact of sourcing raw materials and production, how the ingredients are handled, genetic modification and consumers’ expectations. The standards also ban the use of radioactive radiation to disinfect and what’s more, a company’s entire range must meet the criteria in order to achieve the Certified Natural Cosmetics seal.” (extract from Living Nature’s website)
Many of their products also carry the Whole Foods Premium Body Care symbol, indicating that they adhere to some of the strictest standards for what can be considered natural.
The range also promises New Zealand in a bottle, with many of their potent, active ingredients found only on the island. The makeup remover contains Kumerahou, a local plant that creates a natural lather for gentle cleansing effect, hydrating Harakeke Flax Gel, and Active Manuka Honey for its skin nourishing properties. It also includes eyebright and witchhazel extracts, both of which have an anti-inflammatory action on the skin helping to soothe and calm.
This is about as gentle as makeup removers get.
I haven’t really used it as an all-over cleanser; I’m too wedded to my flannels and muslins for that. But it makes an amazing eye makeup remover. Nary a sting or an unpleasant watery tingle in sight.
And if you’re not convinced by all of the above, it may interest you to know that Living Nature’s range is endorsed by model, image consultant and brand ambassdor Lorraine Downes, a New Zealander who was crowned Miss Universe in 1983. If your face is your livelihood, you’re going to be pretty careful what you put on it.
Living Nature Gentle Makeup Remover, £12.75. There are loads of UK stockists – have a look on Living Nature’s website here. However, you can also purchase direct from Living Nature’s site. Postage to the UK will cost £3.
Ingredients: Aqua (water), Glycerin (vegetable glycerin), Decyl Glucoside (from plam and coconut oils), Glucose, Mel (manuka honey), Pomaderris kumerahou flowers/leaf extract (Kumerahou), Euphrasia officinalis (Eyebright herb), Phormium tenax leaf juice (Harakeke flax gel), Galactoarabinan (larch tree gum extract), Hamamelis virginiana (witchhazel) extract, Xanthan gum, Glucose oxidase, Lactoperoxidase.